The Little Ski Hill; McCall, Idaho
The Little Ski Hill Brundage Mountain Tamarack Resort
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Built in 1937 as a winter diversion for local forest workers, the Little Ski Hill has served the region's youth and skiing community for nearly 70 years. The small but action-packed facility has an alpine hill served by a T-bar surface lift, providing 405 vertical feet (123 m) of terrain on the only lighted ski area in the vicinity. There are also 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of groomed cross-country ski trails and a biathlon range. Ski legend and 50-year McCall resident Corey Engen taught at the hill for years before developing the nearby Brundage Mountain in 1961.
Erin Pittenger Olympic Training Grounds
The Little Ski Hill is also big on history. It is the second oldest ski hill in the state, preceded only by Sun Valley.
Step inside the lodge and the walls are filled with photographs of generations of skiers, some who trained here and became Olympians. In fact, Little Ski Hill is home to more than 7 Olympic athletes from the local McCall area! Shown here is outstanding young athlete Erin Pittenger at the 2002 Nordic Junior Olympics at Ponderosa Park, and as a forerunner at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.